One of the greatest and most respected professional wrestlers passed away this week as Black Jack Mulligan passed away at the age of 73.
Born Robert Windham, Mulligan was a former star at UTEP and had a cup of coffee in the NFL. Encouraged by Wahoo McDaniel to try his hand at professional wrestling, Mulligan was meant for the business. A native Texan, Mulligan played up that persona and was christened Black Jack Mulligan when he entered the then named World Wide Wrestling Federation.
As Black Jack Mulligan, he would done a black hat, a black glove and would use the Iron Claw as his finisher. He would feud with Pedro Morales and Bruno Sammartino but his greatest success in New York would be in a tag team with Black Jack Lanza and he would win the Tag Team Title there. The duo would also win regional championships across the United States in the 1970’s.
Mulligan would have success across the States again as a single, highlighted by his four United States Championships in the Mid Atlantic Territory. Mulligan would return to the WWF in the early 1980’s and would wrestle there as late as 1987, where he would wrestle in a mask as the “Big Machine” teaming with Andre the Giant and Bill Eadie who were the “Giant Machine” and the “Super Machine” respectively.
The legacy of Black Jack continues to this day. His son was Barry Windham and his daughter married Mike Rotunda, the father of WWE Superstars, Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Black Jack Mulligan.